A little over a century ago, we were a mere 300 miles away from being completely annihilated by a pack of apocalypse-inducing comets.
At least, that’s the theory that was just recently presented by astronomers. They re-analyzed some data captured in 1883 by an astronomer named Jos� Bonilla. Bonilla took note of over 450 objects that passed between the Earth and the sun, which were surrounded by a type of “mist”. However, since the objects weren’t seen by other astronomers a short distance away, they were very likely passing extremely close to Earth’s atmosphere.
Of course, not everyone agrees with this theory. Some skeptics theorize that Bonilla should have also seen a brilliant display of smaller comet fragments burning up as they entered the Earth’s atmosphere. So, like with any theory, it’s still a matter of interpretation.